Returning workers “struggle to cope with noise”
Many workers returning to the office struggle to cope with noise or issues with facilities like video conferencing, a new study suggests.
Research with 2,000 adults found that only one in four respondents noticed any changes in their office layout upon their return.
The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has led the research as workers across the UK begin to return to pre-pandemic work means, including returning to the office.
Seven in ten homeworkers in the West Midlands, Northern Ireland and London have returned to the office at least temporarily, compared with half in the South West, Wales and the North West, according to the report.
Among those surveyed, Scottish workers are said to be the least likely to have tried to return, and half of those surveyed believed they were more productive working from home. This feeling was particularly strong among young workers.
Linda Hausmanis, Managing Director of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management, said: “We are now at a tipping point, where the majority of us have had the chance to taste work in the office again.
“For far too many people it has been a disappointing and frustrating experience. Employers must invest in enabling workplaces to reflect the new realities of work, or risk catastrophic decline in productivity.
“As we embrace new ways of working, companies need to adapt physical spaces, work culture and supporting technologies. “
Seven in 10 returning workers said they had struggled to identify changes to their desks since before the pandemic, and half felt their office needed upgrading.
Almost one in three people say they no longer feel comfortable sharing an office with a colleague.
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